Interview with Canadian Deaf actress, Dawn Jani Birley

Dawn Jani Birley

Listen/watch this interview with a Deaf actress from Canada, working on a theatre production of Shakespeare, talking about her experience of translation, working with interpreters (and the amazing provision she gets from her new country, Finland!)….

As a Deaf actress, many of the roles Dawn Jani Birley gets offered are for characters specifically written as Deaf. In Theatre Why Not’s production of Prince Hamlet, she plays Horatio, whose deafness is a part of the story but not a defining characteristic. She sat down with the show’s director, Ravi Jain, to talk about rehearsing the play, translating Shakespeare into poetic ASL, and why she left Canada for Finland.

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